Exploring the sonorous qualities of the landscapes we inhabit using site-specific field recordings, this work plays with the way we interact and perceive our environment. Looking at the traditional representations of the soundscape I am seeking to find new ways of interacting with acoustics through the act of deep listening. By perceiving sound independently from preconceptions, created by historical interpretations, we allow ourselves to experience the world as a sonic organism acting out with the confines of visual art and the ideas of traditional craft.
The projected soundscape explores the displacement of stone in Collace’s landscape through the use of time, space and sound. The quarrying of stone is evident in the landscape with the manufactured and natural migration of stone - from Bandirran Wood’s stone circles to the Dunsinane hill fort. Historically these sites have been represented as silent. This work is a living documentation and representation of the un-heard and un-explored acoustics of the landscapes and their voices.
Through merging the practices of Acoustic Ecology and Archaeoacoustics the sound of Collace – its quarry, stone circle and pre-history fort – are displaced into the gallery space using Neolithic acoustic methods to distort and manipulate sound. Deep acoustic understandings, utilised by acoustic archaeologists, have been translated into modern sound deflecting sculptures, reminiscent of Easter Aquhorthies - an acoustic stone circle.
You are encouraged to walk around the sound deflectors to experience and explore the sound.A special thanks to Collace Quarry, especially John McCormick and Chris Grant.
Informational display board- screen printed perspex with text referring to sites used. Acoustic reflectors - second hand steel sheets, made of three panels with adjustable angles.Two speakers project the soundscape of Collace into acoustic reflectors which is altered and amplified by acoustic their set up.Stone taken from Collace quarry was thrown against steel panels and left to settle in the gallery. Work awarded place at RSA NC 2018.